Facebook bringing live streaming to more people

Forget live TV or streaming your favourite show online, it’s all about trying live streaming for yourself. You can broadcast to the world through Twitter’s Periscope, or now with Facebook Live. With Periscope, your videos only last 24 hours (always with the restrictions) but on Facebook your video can remain on your profile forever! With Facebook, you’ll also get to know which friends are peering in - cool right? Introducing Facebook ‘Live’. In a recent post from Facebook it was stated “In December, we started testing the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, and it has been inspiring to see all the ways that people have used Live to connect with their friends and family. Today, we’re excited to expand the ability to share live video to everyone in the U.S. via iPhone, and we plan to start rolling this out to the rest of the world over the coming weeks.”

To share a live video on Facebook, you simply need to tap on Update Status and select the ‘Live Video’ option. Simple as that. You can also add in a short description and choose the audience you wish to share yet more of your life with. Choosing who sees your handy camera work may well prove a big win for Facebook. Although you can choose who sees your broadcast on Periscope, and even set up a private one, it just feels that the Facebook experience will flow better. Although Periscope is a standalone app, it has recently been integrated into Twitter, so that you can now watch Periscope live broadcasts from within the app on iOS. This will bring further interest to the platform, but with the size of audience that Facebook now hold, this may just win them this fight. Saying that the fight has only just begun. Who will win? You quite literally decide.